Thursday, August 23, 2007


unknown undated newspaper clippings from grandma grace's book, very faded & hard to read

Francis Marion Brown, the subject of this sketch, was born in Grundy County, Mo, October 3 1868, passed away at his home in Gilman City, Mo, August 30, 1945, age 77 years, 7 months and 27 days. In early life he was united in marriage to Alice Dean. To this union two daughters were born: Mrs. Althetha Piank of Brenn, Colorado, and Mrs. Cecil Ambrose of Las Vegas, New Mexico. On August 28 1904, he was again united in marriage with Etha May Wissler, and to this union were born four children, as follows: Mrs Jennie R. Neill and William W. Brown, of Gilman City, MO, two boys Albert E. and Francis E. Brown, having passed away several years ago.
He united with the Christian Union Church, here at Old Union, about 21 years ago and remained a true and faithful member of same until his deah. He spent the 12 years past, right here in our community, and was recognized by all as one of our best citizens. He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife, four children, and one brother, Lewis Brown of Blue Ridge, Mo., also six grandchildren; four sisters and two brothers having preceded him in death.
Frank, as we all called him, was on the bed of affliction for many years, but he bore his affliction with patience and was heard by many to say that could never get well, but was ready to go home at any time, to be with the Lord and Master in heaven.
His companion and family was always at his bedside and did everything possible that mortal hands could do for his comfort, but God, in his infinite wisdom, called him home.
The Lord giveth and the
Lord taketh away.
Blessed be the name of the
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H.O. Dowell, at the Christian Union Church, September 2, 1945. Interment was in the nearby cemetery.
Pallbearers were Garland Cummings, Neil Johnson, Marion Chrisman, Andrew Chrisma, Andrew Stahl, and Bill Bovers.

Etha May Wissler, daughter of Rulolph and Pane (Smith) Wissler was born March 2 1884 near Hatfield, Mo, where she grew to young womanhood. She departed this life Dec. 31 1967 at the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 29 days.
On Aug. 28 1904 she was united in marriage to Francis Marion Brown, who preceded her in death Aug. 30 1945. To this union were born four children, Albert Everett, William Wiley, Jennie, and Francis Eugene. Two sons, Albert and Francis, preceded her in death,also her father, mother, sister, Estel Markum, and one brother, Elmer. Survivors are the son, William, daughter Mrs Jennie Neill, with whom she had made her home since the death of her husband, also several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Some of whom had lived in her home and been cared for.
She had been very ill for several months and tenderly cared for by her daughter and husband, and son, William.
She with her parents moved to Gilman City in 1902, where the remainder of her life was spent. She was converted when a young girl near Hatfield and later united with the Christian Union church near her home. May was a kind, loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and always made her friends welcome in her home. She will be sadly missed for she was well loved by many.

Precious memories of a dear
"She always learned to watch
for us,
Anxious if we were late:
In winter by the window,
In summer, by the gate.

"And though we mocked her
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem
more safe,
Because she waited there.

"Her thoughts were all so full
of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is,
She must be watching yet.

"Waiting till we come home to
Anxious if we are late;
Watching from Heaven's window,
Leaning from Heaven's gate."

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the Christian Union chapel, conducted by the Rev. Wayne Caulkins. The Rev. Caulkins and family sang, "Precious Memories" , "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be," and "Beyond the Sunset."
Pallbearers were Jay Welsh, Darrel Ratliff, James Ratliff, Leo Turner, Lester Robertson and Hubert Carter. Flower girls were Juanita Welsh, Marjorie Flint, Marian Carter, Alta Harrison, Chloe Carpenter, Aville Robertson, Accalene Taylor and Deloris Ratliff. (hand written in here is "Minnie Gott.")
She was laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetery (can't read) church.

In Memory of Etha Mae Brown
Born at Hatfield Missouri
March 2 1884
Died in Gilman City, Missouri
December 31 1967
Age 83 years, 9 months, 29 days
Funeral Services
Christian Union Church, Gilman city, Mo.
Wednesday, January 3 1968
at 2:00 P.M.
Officiating Minister
Rev. Wayne Caulkins
Gilman City
Interment in Christian Union Cemetery
Haas-Roberson Funeral Service

Mrs. Jane Wessler, of Jamesport, Dies
Mrs. Jane Wessler, aged 76 years died Saturday morning at 1 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Markum, in Jamesport. Mrs. Wessler had been bedfast since last December.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M.E. church, south, the Rev. O.L. Hunt having charge.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs Mae Brown, of Gilman City, and Mrs. Markum.----This week's Gallatin Democrat.

Following an illness of long duration, Francis M. Brown, 77 year old, passed away Thursday, August 30 at his home in Gilman City. Mr. Brown had resided in the community for 12 years adn for many years with his family lived on a farm northeast of Gilman City.
Surviving is the wife, Mrs. Mae Brown, one son, William Brown, and one daughter, Mrs. Sherman Neill, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H.O. Dowell were held at Christian Union Church, Sunday afternoon.

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